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[word-lover] Words and Their Stories 2009-02-22

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some of the most exciting information comes by a way of grapevine, that is so because reports recevied though the grapevine are supposed to be secret.

 

  The information is all hush hush, it is whispered into your ear with the understanding that you are not passed on to others.You feel honored and excited, you are one of  special feel to get this information.You can not wait, you must quickly find other ears to pour the information into, and so the information secret as it is begins to spread. Nobaby knows how far. The expression "by the grapevine" is more than 100 years old, the American inventor SR is largely responsible for the birth of the expression.Among others he experimented with the idea of telegraph sending messages over a wire by electricity. when M finially complete telegrapy instrument he went before congress to show that it worked. He sended a message over a wire from Washington to BM, the message was /  has god /, this was on May 24th ,1844.

 

Quickly companies began to build telegraph lines from one place to another. Men everywhere seem  to be putting up pose with strength wire for carrying telegraphic messages. The workermenship was poor, and the wires were not put up the straight, some of the results looked strange,people said they looked like a grapevine. A large number of the telegraph lines were going in all directions as crooked as the wires by the grapevine growed on, so was born the expression by the grapevine. Some writers believe that the phrase would soon disappeared, were not for the American civil war , soon after the war began in 1861, min / started to send battlefield reports by telegraph, people began hearing the phrase by the grapevine to describe force as well as true reports aroud the battlefield. It was like a game: was it ture? who say so?Now as they know far of suvivial days getting information by the grapevine remind something over game a friend brings you a bit of strange news, "no" you say "it just can't be true who told you" comes the answer"I got it by the grapevine" you really can't that know how much if any of the information that comes to you by the grapevine is true or false still in the words of old American saying the person who keeps pulling the grapevine shakes down at least a few grapes

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